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Mitchell happy to be put on the spot again


By Alex Mills

Striker Andrew Mitchell says he'll volunteer to hit Glenavon's next spot-kick - but he expects to be shunted down the pecking order following his mishap against Linfield last weekend.

The 24-year-old hitman missed out on the opportunity of opening his account for the new season by walloping a penalty over the crossbar.

And the Lurgan Blues were made to pay the price because former Glenavon boy Daniel Kearns hit the only goal to pinch three welcome points for David Healy's team.

But Mitchell won't go hiding if the Lurgan Blues are awarded another spot-kick in today's clash against Warrenpoint Town at the Q Radio Arena.

"I don't think I'll be on them (penalties), but if the opportunity does arise, I'll still have the confidence to take one," he said. "It was a poor penalty and I was disappointed, but anyone can miss a penalty.

"I probably got too much on it. I can't do anything about it now, I'm just prepared to move on."

Although Gary Hamilton's team had nothing to cheer, Mitchell insists there were a lot of positives last Saturday.

"We were disappointed we didn't get anything," he added. "We created three or four good chances, plus the penalty miss. It just didn't go our way. On another day, we could have had a 3-1 win. But that's football. Hopefully this weekend we can start putting those chances away."

Mitchell believes Warrenpoint will be a difficult test.

"It's never an easy place to visit," added Mitchell. "They are well drilled and are a good footballing side. Stephen O'Donnell has them well organised and difficult to beat.

"It will be a good game, but hopefully we will come away with the three points.

"Our squad has changed a bit. The new guys have impressed.

"Niall Grace and Gary Muir both started last Saturday. They have helped add a new dimension to the team."

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